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May 28, 2020 - May 31, 2020


Coinciding with our reality amid a trying time, the 2020 Spring Weekend: The Unimaginable of Reality presents plays that delve into the human psyche subjected to unforeseen and unpredictable circumstances.

The plays concern situations of hardship: unemployment in the 21st century (Mine Flowers), immigration in the 19th century (The American Emperor), fear and disconnection impairing relationships on a universal scale (Cost of Living). Nevertheless, life ultimately prevails as people hope for fairness and betterment. Using witty linguistics, irony and hyperbole, the Central European authors dissipate the gloomy clouds hovering above our heads, for the time being. 

The 2020 Spring Weekend will open with a discussion on the challenges of literary translations. Four expert English translators of Vaclav Havel’s Czech plays join in a conversation with New York City playwright Edward Einhorn, Artistic Director of Untitled Theater Company #61. Einhorn was the first ever to produce the complete plays of Vaclav Havel, all featured at The Havel Festival in New York City in 2006.

Tyne Rafaeli, who has recently produced Ming Peiffer’s Usual Girls (Roundabout Theatre Company) and Sylvia Khoury’s Power Strip (Lincoln Center Theater), is one of the three female directors participating in the 2020 Spring Weekend. 

The cast includes superb theater, television and film actors, including Chris Carfizzi (DaredevilThe Marvelous Mrs. MaiselShades of Blue), Uma Incrocci (Modern FamilyHow to Get Away With Murder), Megan Metrikin (Sophiatown, Finding Fellini), Kevin Sebastian (Waiting for the Bus, The Marvelous Mrs. MaiselBlue BloodsBull) Michael Turner (Shadow of Heroes).

In the time when change is the only certainty, art goes on, and so does theater,” the festival director Pavla Niklova observes. “We believe in the power of theater to connect people despite the urgency of physical distancing. We have decided to take on the challenge of experimenting with live-streaming. With the stellar cohort of New York City actors, outstanding directors and the thrill of unknown, we believe each performance will leave a lasting memory. The unimaginable is now reality. All the world is a stage.
— Pavla Niklova, Director of the Rehearsal for Truth Theater Festival



The Vaclav Havel Library Foundation (VHLF)
Bohemian Benevolent and Literary Association (BBLA)




From: May 28, 2020
To: May 31, 2020


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